After completing his Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, UCOL graduate Shaun Curry signed on to a Strength and Conditioning internship with the Christchurch-based Crusaders rugby union franchise for 2016.
Having always been involved with rugby, including playing professionally for the Manawatu Turbos prior to studying at UCOL, Shaun says it was serious injuries that pushed him to consider his future options.
“My injuries required surgery and extended recovery time and I knew that even if I recovered, rugby wouldn’t last forever; but I wanted to still work within the sport.”
“I had heard that the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at UCOL offered lots of practical experience and placements which would help me enter back into the industry.”
Shaun enrolled at UCOL as a mid-year student and was able to complete his degree six months early by taking two papers during each summer to catch up.
Shaun’s commitment to his study and his passion for rugby has contributed to his success.
“My background in rugby and placements throughout my degree definitely helped me get to where I am today.”
Shaun’s lecturers encouraged him to apply for the internship and send through his CV, which was then followed with a Skype interview where he impressed the Crusaders Coaches with his passion. The internship will conclude at the end of the 2016 season, and Shaun is hopeful that further job opportunities may arise.
During his time at UCOL Shaun also placed second at the Battle of the Fittest Crossfit competition, and joined his gym Crossfit Mana in their winning bid at the New Zealand national Teams competition.
The Crusaders are the world’s most successful non-international professional rugby team. In 19 years of Super Rugby the Crusaders have won 7 titles, been finalists 12 times and semi-finalists in 16 of the past 17 years, and are the only Super Rugby team to complete a whole season undefeated.